Sustainability in Roofing Materials
PVC membrane recycling
August 6, 2015
Sustainability in Roofing Materials

Even if you are on the fence about the whole global warming climate change brouhaha, there are still great reasons to consider the issue of sustainability in specifying roofing materials. Here are some things to consider: Energy Efficiency = Money Savings

Energy Efficiency = Money Savings

Everyone has heard about it but the proof is in. “Cool” roofs, designated by their overall reflectivity and emissivity ratings, result in cooler membrane surfaces. Cooler membrane surfaces result in reduced energy costs. This is true in warm and cold climates.

Durability & Reduced Maintenance = Money Savings

Let’s face it – the longer a roof lasts, the better overall return on investment for the building. Reduced maintenance costs over a long-term roof membrane service life equals savings for the building owner in terms of labor, as well as the ability to divert capital expenditures from roof replacement to other items.

Reduction of Carbon Emissions

Highly reflective roofs reflect the sun’s rays, lowering temperatures immediately surrounding the area. As noted above, lower temperatures at the roof elevation result in lower overall energy use. Lower energy use leads to reduced carbon emissions. In a twist everyone can get behind, a “green” roof (one that employs vegetation over the roof membrane) reduces carbon emissions even further by performing as vegetation everywhere does; taking in carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

Is Sustainability in Roofing Materials Important?

PVC membrane recycling

Recycling reduces the environmental impacts of producing new materials at the beginning of the life cycle and the burden on landfills at the end.

PVC membrane recycling

What about Recycling? – As the Owner of a new roof, it might not seem important, but when that local landfill begins to encroach on your town, recycling might seem a lot more critical. Membrane materials, specifically PVC membranes, can be recycled. Diverting tons of PVC membrane from landfills back to production of materials makes sense, preserving resources and reducing impact on the environment. Only one manufacturer currently has PVC membrane recycling capabilities: Sika Sarnafil.

Recycling reduces the environmental impacts of producing new materials at the beginning of the life cycle and the burden on landfills at the end. > > > Download this report < < <

All of these items should be evaluated in the overall consideration of a roof system. Although initial installation costs may vary, the most important issue is the cost effectiveness of the roof membrane as a key asset over the service life of the building. An honest evaluation of roof systems will take into account the long-term sustainability of the system. To slightly modify a borrowed advertising phrase from IBEW; Good roofing is not cheap and cheap roofing is not good. Sustainability in roofing is good for everyone.

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Lynn Jardinico is an talented writer whose unique life perspective gives her fuel to write with hard biting realism and just the right blend of tongue in cheek humor. She covers subjects as diverse as technical roofing industry articles, and open and honest articles on Faith, Family & Americanism that are sure to delight your senses.

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